The new Cold War between Russia and the West is heating up this week as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced a reciprocal expulsion of US diplomats in response to President Trump’s announcement earlier in the week.
Trump announced dozens of Russian diplomats would be ordered out of the U.S. in support of the United Kingdom’s similar move after an English double-agent was poisoned to death by the Russian government.
This added to the already tense situation regarding Russian hacking around the globe is threatening to widen the chasm between East and West.
Meanwhile, Putin continues to consolidate power and support rogue nations like Syria and Iran which routinely threaten US allies.
It’s not a pretty picture.
Here’s more from Bloomberg…
Russia said it’s expelling 60 U.S. diplomats and closing the American consulate in St. Petersburg and will retaliate in kind to other countries that ousted its envoys after the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the measures against the U.S. “include the expulsion of the same number of diplomats” as the Russian envoys ordered out by President Donald Trump.
The measures came in a crisis over a nerve-agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter that the U.K. government is blaming on Russia. While the Kremlin’s action underscores the tense relations between Washington and Moscow, the use of a customary tit-for-tat response suggested that President Vladimir Putin isn’t looking to escalate the situation.
But the U.S. quickly dismissed the notion that Russia was entitled to take mirror-image action.